|Remember slideshows? Remember how much you dreaded going over to a friend or family member's house to see the slides of their vacation? Well, as you've seen on 'Along the Way', slideshows aren't something you have to fear. To create a slideshow that doesn't send 'em packing or snoring just follow a few simple guidelines.
The most important thing to do is remember what it was that made your friend's slide show so boring. Remember how he went on and on about a story that was obviously interesting to him, but meant nothing to you? Well, lesson number 1... make it interesting. Not to you, but to others. Here's a suggestion, go to the archived 'Along the Way' radio stories at knpr.org and find a story that you find interesting. Because you have no personal involvement in the story chances are if you find it interesting others will also. (And because the research and interviews have already been gathered you stand a much greater chance of having your slideshow chosen for the TV show) Use the information in the story as a template for your slideshow.
Lesson number 2... take enough pictures of what you want to talk about so even if your audience doesn't find what your saying interesting they at least have something to look at. Remember how you sat there looking at the same slide while your friend talked on and on about... well, it didn't take long before you forgot what he was talking about? You can avoid that by taking several shots of the same subject from different angles. Here's an example...
In a slideshow we did about China Ranch we spent 24 seconds talking about trash. The viewer may or may not have found the content interesting, but there were 7 pictures of the trash from a variety of angles that kept our attention. Two of those shots were of the same car, but from different angles. (Always try to avoid shots of the same subject that are 180 degrees apart without a transition shot in between.) If you want to create a good slideshow (and be considered for the 'Along the Way slideshow) make sure you have plenty of shots of your subject.
Lesson number 3... frame your shots well. With modern technology we can easily manipulate digital images on our computers so we tend to get a bit sloppy in the way we frame our shots. Remember that each time you manipulate a digital image it loses value when translated to video. The less you have to change the image the better the quality of the video. Also, unless it is a part of the story try to avoid wide shots. The subject may look great in person, but rarely translates to a digital image.
And finally... be creative. In the China Ranch slideshow there was a shot of some trash with a beautiful Beavertail Cactus flower in the middle. The juxtaposition was a statement that even beauty can be found within the trash. Remember, you're trying to tell a story with your images.
If you've found a story at knpr.org that you'd like to cover contact us before you go. Perhaps we can give you some guidance.
Good luck, and have fun!